January

The last quarter of 2014 was busy. Some of the fruits of that hard work won’t come to bear until later in 2015, if at all. The main news is that I wrote 54,000 or so words in NaNoWriMo of a new book, which has the code name of January. I’m planning to finish the […]

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Flash fiction — The tyranny of numbers

[Adult themes, suicide] The salt air stung her nostrils, as she carefully set down her purse and the signed note. A gull looked at her curiously. Arms wide, Joan dived off the edge of the Golden Gate Bridge. She tried to remain calm as the wind accelerated past her like a rising scream. She had been planning […]

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Flash fiction — Weasel

[Strong language, adult themes] The man who had turned John’s cancer into a death sentence was on television again. Flashbulbs blazed as the Veteran Affairs Secretary strode from his office towards the parking lot, waving away a microphone from the NBC news crew. “Weasel’s on again,” John called to Ella. John had made a point […]

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Branch – Rewrites are coming.

About a month or so ago, I backed a Kickstarter campaign where one of the rewards was to have a query letter critiqued by a literary agent. I realised while going through that critiquing process that Branch wasn’t currently good enough. As soon as you summarise the whole book into a few paragraphs you quickly […]

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Flash fiction — Red Encyclopedia

Note: This is an entry for Chuck Wendig’s Flash Fiction Challenge: “Roll for title!” – http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2014/01/10/flash-fiction-challenge-roll-for-title/ 316 words. Red Encyclopedia [email protected] We should definitely meet.” To Audrey’s surprise, the blood that ran thickly down the hardback’s spine and over her knuckles had gathered in a large pool on the floor. She gingerly placed the book upon […]

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Branch – First Draft Reviews

The first reviews for the first draft are in. The common consensus seems to be that the concept is good, but it has some initial pacing issues and some character issues that need to be resolved. Since it’s just the first draft, however – I’m pretty happy with that, all things considered. I’m going to […]

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Branch – First Draft Milestone

  The first draft of Branch is finished. It still needs a lot of work, but the basic structure is complete. It’s a book. It reads from end to end, and it tells the story that I wanted told. It’s messy in parts. Some parts need expanding. Some need condensing. Some of it needs to […]

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Branch – Progress Update

Fifty two thousand words. Finally smashed my way through the 50k ceiling that’s been taunting me since I began. Not likely to do much writing for a week or two, however. Delivery time at work means that my spare time in the evenings and the weekends (the only time I get to do anything that […]

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